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American Samoa

State Librarian

Mr. Justin H. Maga
Acting Territorial Librarian
Feleti Barstow Public Library
P.O. Box 997687
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Phone: 011/684/633-5816
Fax: 011/684/633-5823

State library website:

“Support for the American Samoa Library Cooperative, which is the Territorial library consortium that shares the Destiny Online Catalog, will continue and strengthen. Our attention will be focused, too, on literacy services.”

--Justin H. Maga, Acting Territorial Librarian, Feleti Barstow Public Library, American Samoa


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$86,309 $81,378 $80,076 $80,642 $80,129

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Project Examples

Technology Services
Grant funds supported the American Samoa Library Cooperative (ASLC), the Territorial consortium that shares the Destiny Online Catalog used by local, national, and international researchers and others. Technology services for this consortium encompasses site visits, hands-on instruction, and hardware and software upgrades as needed. This project also supported the Polynesian Photo Archives. During the project year 312 individuals and organizations were served by the Photo Archives and 3,124 images were transferred. Approximately 4,700 permanent images were digitized, cataloged, and added to the collection. Finally, grant funds supported computer classes for many people, from elementary school students to government workers.
IMLS Funds: $40,825

Literacy Services
Feleti Barstow Public Library provided a range of literacy services during the project year. Grant funds supported reading and research materials at the main library, as well as at three new branch libraries. One of the new branches serves youth in custody seven days a week, and is housed in the Juvenile Detention Center. The library also offered a Summer Reading Program, in which sessions were held six times a week for seven weeks, with an average of 26 children per program. Funds supported Homework Club, which is the most popular after school program in the Territory. It provides daily assistance to students who need online help and general library services support, and served 16,328 students during the year. Homework Club participants represented every public and private high school, and almost every elementary school on the island.
IMLS Funds: $45,484

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read American Samoa's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 445KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Develop early literacy programs and materials for onsite delivery.
  • Continue to support and expand programs for every level of childhood education, including Toddler Tales, the Summer Reading Program, and the Homework Club, all aimed toward lifelong skills, the importance of education, positive community interaction, and an appreciation of technology as a means of gathering information from around the world.

Online Learning

  • Develop training programs to teach community users advanced use of computers, the Internet, and Microsoft application software.


  • Support cultural literacy programs and partnerships with cultural organizations.

Information Access

Interlibrary Loans

  • Support and strengthen the American Samoa Library Cooperative and the Destiny Online Catalog for the benefit of all users locally, nationally, and internationally.


  • Maintain, expand, and promote the Polynesian Photo Archives for the services it provides to students, genealogists, authors, and the media.
  • Support the overall preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and cultural literacy through a variety of media, including sound and video recording, print, and digital reproduction programs.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide reading and research materials and training in the use of computers and the Internet for those who are incarcerated.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read American Samoa's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 434KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets.